|The Greens support the Keep Shelley Pyramid campaign|
The Shelley College proposal if implemented would have a knock on effect throughout the local education system making Kirkburton and Scisset Middle Schools unviable with only one class year and putting huge pressure for places at First Schools which are already oversubscribed. The cost of building new classrooms and facilities would be placed on Kirklees Council’s already overstretched budget. There would also undoubtedly be significant new pressures on the road network around Shelley College, improvements to which would come at a cost.
Kirkburton Ward Councillor Robert Barraclough said,
“Both mine and my colleague Derek Hardcastle’s children went through the middle school system and it has worked well for them as it has for thousands of other children in our area.
Shelley College should abandon this proposal and seek to rebuild relationships with the First and Middle schools, working collaboratively to deliver a first class, stable educational environment for our children.”
Councillor Andrew Cooper who leads the Greens on Kirklees Council said,
“ It is unbelievable that a head teacher can put these sort of proposals forward with no accountability to democratically elected bodies like the Council. Just because Shelley College is at the top of the Shelley Pyramid does not give him the right to act like a Pharaoh. It shows a lack of respect for other schools and a scant disregard for the opinions of local people. I urge him to drop these proposals forthwith and recognise that he has overstepped the mark.
We strongly support the Save Shelley Pyramid campaign that is lead by local parents and would urge all other parties on Kirklees Council to do so also.”